interjection British Slang.

thank you.

Origin of ta

First recorded in 1765–75; by infantile shortening and alteration




the 16th letter of the Arabic alphabet.

Origin of ṭā

From Arabic



the third letter of the Arabic alphabet.

Origin of

From Arabic


Symbol, Chemistry.


teaching assistant.
transit authority.


or T and A

Slang. tits and ass.
tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy.
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Examples from the Web for ta

Contemporary Examples of ta

Historical Examples of ta

  • "We gotta get it out of the road," Flynn said, walking truculently up to the leech.

    The Leech

    Phillips Barbee

  • It wad be fair sinfu' no' ta tak a drop at sic a time as this.

    St. Cuthbert's

    Robert E. Knowles

  • I gotta thank you for—for buttin' in the other day, Miss Ramona.

    Oh, You Tex!

    William Macleod Raine

  • Nothing about that in the pledge, and when you sign something, you gotta pay it.

    Police Your Planet

    Lester del Rey

  • Ta business is a goot business, and t' firm is a fine old firm.

    Pirate Gold

    Frederic Jesup Stimson

British Dictionary definitions for ta



British informal thank you

Word Origin for ta

C18: imitative of baby talk


the chemical symbol for



abbreviation for (in Britain)

Territorial Army (now superseded by TAVR)
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Word Origin and History for ta

1772, "natural infantile sound of gratitude" [Weekley].

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ta in Medicine


The symbol for the elementtantalum
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ta in Science


The symbol for tantalum.




A hard, heavy, gray metallic element that is highly resistant to corrosion at low temperatures. It is used to make light-bulb filaments, surgical instruments, and glass for camera lenses. Atomic number 73; atomic weight 180.948; melting point 3,017°C; boiling point 5,458°C; specific gravity 16.6; valence 2, 3, 4, 5. See Periodic Table.
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